Friday, July 19, 2013

Lost in Transiition?

Transition is a difficult and weird phase in life, especially from one relationship to another.
What I am going to say will make sense to you only if you have ever had chicken pox in your life.

In the last phase of this virus attack(yeah its a virus , like the one that causes lovearia - Courtesy: SRK in RBGG ), you have blisters all over your body. You are just waiting for the last of them to heal and drop off by themselves. You have a terrible itch to just pluck them off your back, but then that will leave you scarred for a lifetime.So you wait patiently for them to go through the due process of growing bigger, uglier and then finally wither away, so that you can go back into the world as a free man. Thank god for time - for it heals all.!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Keep Walking !!

There is something about walking !. Something nostalgic. Something that shows a higher sense of purpose. Something that portrays the protagonist as no ordinary human. Remember Gandhiji's great walk to Dandi. They say that  if you need something badly, you would climb mountains and swim across oceans for it. In cinematic language, this often gets loosely translated as 'Walking/Running' long distances.

Think Tom Hanks in 'Forest Gump' and forget immediately because apparently he didn't know why he kept running :P.

Let's try Jude Law in 'Cold Mountain' - walking miles and miles to get back to his Love. No questions asked. It was during the Civil War and he was a renegade soldier. So he had to stay away from both the 'Yankees' and 'Southerners'. Good enough reason to walk/trek back home.

Now, What about Shah Rukh Khan in 'My Name is Khan'. He was seen walking along deserted roads, deserts and some other very lonely stretches. Why did he have to walk - I often ask myself. Was he saving on cash? He was pretty well off when the journey began. Then, did he just feel like walking? Considering his aim was to spread the word that he was not a Terrorist,  I would think the faster you reach out to people, the faster you spread the message. May be KJo thought that the lonely walker image would give a push to some tear glands.(Sorry SRK fans - Nothing against SRK/MNIK, just quoting an example of misusing the 'lonely walker' motif)

Then there is 'The way back' - A few prisoners escape from a Siberian Prison during WW II and walk all the way to India. 4000 miles - Driven by the innate instinct to be 'Free', they walked through Frozen lakes, Forests, Mountains, Deserts, Communists and of course, the Himalayas. The true hero of the movie is the 'walk'. The characters play side kick to the great walk. At the end, the walk wins but not all the walkers win. There are no big surprises in the movie, but the 'walk' makes it a compelling watch.

Emile Hirsch  too did a lot of walking in 'Into the Wild'. He leaves no stone unturned in his aim of pitting himself against the harshest  nature. Walking was just a means to his end. Anyways, can't help saying this -  How amazing it would have been if Christopher McCandless had lived to tell the tale.

Recently, Zac Efron walked all the way from 'Colorado' to 'Louisiana' in 'The Lucky One', that too, with a dog. All that, to trace a girl, whose picture miraculously saved him during combat. But, the walk gets over quickly, under the cover of 'titles' .Apparently he walked 'cos he simply 'likes' walking.
Again, no hurry to find the girl he so desperately wants to meet?? So, he was made to walk, just to get some beautiful locales for the 'titles'?? Hmm...


Some of the 'Johhny Walker' ads does of good job of equating 'Walking' to 'progress' and they exhort  the human race to 'Keep Walking' with soulful music in the background and many of us comply immediately with a 'cheers' !!

Well, let's Keep walking..I guess it is good for the health - ours and the planet's :)


Saturday, December 04, 2010

Actually....

...i like long flights. i haven't met anyone who feels the same way.
For me its a lot of personal lazy time. No phones, No emails. Cut off from the world. Just a good book with lots of wine and food. Or may be a few movies. A good nap. A time to listen to music and think about random stuff. A walk along the aisle. A couple of drinks with strangers. An occasional peek out of the window - into icy arctic sky , an out of the worldly sun in the horizon , a faraway jet blinking its way through or a glittering city. To top it all - the sudden acceleration and deceleration of take off and touch downs -it thrills me.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

DCH recap

Spotting dolphins off Long Island

Lightning on Statue of Liberty

US Open 2010 - Djokovic Vs Blake

Sunday, July 25, 2010

one of these days i had a glimpse of heaven... just like that

i was 20,000 ft up in the air...looking out of the window i could see the mighty western ghats covered in a green carpet...the valley was submerged in a huge lake which glistened in the morning rays of sunlight.

Needless to say it was magical...

and i had breakfast in front me, served by a beautiful air hostess...i took a bite and sat back...i looked my beautiful wife ..she had already digged half-way through her breakfast and was working on the rest with religious enthusiasm.

Though, these aren't all the likely ingredients for nirvana, it was a moment of serentiy. i was at peace, with myself and the world. everything felt right or i didnt care about anything?
but i smiled to myself savoring that moment of bliss..

Monday, July 05, 2010

Finally !

I have had a lot of people complaining that there is nothing related to a motorcycle in this blog and that the name of the blog is quite misguiding
So here is a tiny effort to win back some of the lost good will :)



That's my first motorcycle..

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Its good to be lost !

Every curve you take on this road, you expect to meet someone familiar, only to be frowned upon by a yellow frog or greeted by the curious stare of a hornbill.

Trust me, you will never meet anyone from your neighbourhood or your work place on this road. You will never have to stop to make small talk, unless you want to do that to a wild orchid or a hopping rabbit.

I scan the skyline on my horizon. There ! I see a majestic animal, grazing the vast grasslands.

Three days with no TV, no Internet, no mobiles, no newspaper,no..well the only luxury you have here is unbelievably tasty food, which the local chef churns out and the soothing greenery all around you.

Its good to be lost once in a while.

What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
~ A Native American Indian's words